Painting found in French loft thought to be Caravaggio worth $135M



2016-04-13 13:39:59

A painting which was found in a French loft two years ago is now thought to be the work of the Italian master Caravaggio and worth as much as $135 million.

The painting was discovered in a loft in Toulouse following a roof leak before being handed over to art expert Eric Turquin who claims that the painting is the 1599 work, Judith Beheading Holofernes.

The graphic work depicts the Biblical heroine Judith beheading an Assyrian general, is thought to have gone missing about 100 years after it was painted. Another version of the painting currently hands in the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica in Rome.

The French government have placed a bar on the work leaving the country for 30 months while experts at the Paris'  Louvre work to determine its creator.

If genuine, the french government will be granted the first chance to purchase the work

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